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Historically Speaking Episode 104




New York Giants vs. Rutland All-Stars - 1916. Dick Leyden, Vermont baseball historian, discusses the baseball game at the Rutland Fairgrounds on 22 October 1916. This game was played during the "deadball era" when pitchers were able to "doctor" the ball in many ways and only one ball was used for the whole game. Thus home runs were few and far between. Dick's presentation provides a wealth of information on the participants and background on baseball in this era. The Rutland game was arranged by the New York Giants as part of a post-season "barnstorming" tour despite baseball's official disapproval of "barnstorming." Betting was a large part of such challenge games that were quite popular, as the attendance of 3,500

people attests.


Run time 29 minutes 37 seconds
Producer Rutland Historical Society
Audio/Visual sound, color

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